Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2105: Contemporary Capitalism, Critique and Resistance

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Charles Masquelier (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The concept of ‘capitalism’ is extensively used in the social scientific literature. It has, too, re-emerged recently within public and political discourse, across the political spectrum. While it aims to capture a particular way of organising economic life or ‘mode of production,’ it has also been used to capture a range of phenomena of a social, political and cultural character. In this module, we shall study how contemporary capitalism operates by investigating the distinctive relationship between the economic, political, social, cultural and environmental spheres underpinning it. We will engage critically with that relationship, in order to understand the motivations behind contemporary resistance movements, such as the Global Justice Movement and Occupy, and reflect on whether this latest capitalist stage marks the ‘end of history’ or offers fresh opportunities for large-scale transformations. This module is suitable for non-specialist students and will appeal to students from a broad range of disciplines beyond those of the SPA department, such as Economics, Business and Management and Politics. 

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